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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #675 on: 26 June, 2021, 02:51:58 pm »
But at least having both panniers provides a more stable platform for the 100-pack* of bog roll lashed to the top of the rack.

*24 actually.

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #676 on: 29 June, 2021, 07:55:15 pm »
I've had exactly no leisure cycling mojos recently but have managed a few trips to places on the bikes with the family

Last night was the usual weekly shop with the burley bee trailer. Shows how dull my life currently is when the cashier said she thinks she knows my wife as I'm always there on the Mondays she isn't. Also there can't be (m)any others who use a kids cycle trailer

Had a visitation in the burley which I think is the first and its done thousands of miles over the years. That may be linked to the fact i think I put oko sealant in the tubes several years back, possibly when nearly new so over 9 yeara. Gonna attempt to fix in a minute

Update. Tube fixed and if there was any sealant in there it hadn't worked but did appear to be some liquid in the air bubble so may have just turned to liquid after all those years

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #677 on: 01 July, 2021, 07:33:20 pm »
On the trip out yesterday I bought milk, plumbing fittings and 40 litres of Diesel.

Local council made sure that I had a 5 minute punishment delay for keeping out of the car and out of the way of other cars:-

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #678 on: 01 July, 2021, 10:19:34 pm »
On the trip out yesterday I bought milk, plumbing fittings and 40 litres of Diesel.

Local council made sure that I had a 5 minute punishment delay for keeping out of the car and out of the way of other cars:-



It's like a low-budget remake of Mad Max 2...

ian

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #679 on: 02 July, 2021, 09:48:56 am »
I'd go with Escape From... that's Snake Plissken territory. If the entire handlebar squishing apparatus (I never understood those, they basically make it awkward for everything) doesn't stop you, they recently seem to have in another entirely superfluous set of railings.

Come to think of it, it's probably more Indiana Jones, you get through and a giant rock comes tumbling after you.
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #680 on: 02 July, 2021, 07:19:06 pm »
On the trip out yesterday I bought milk, plumbing fittings and 40 litres of Diesel.

Local council made sure that I had a 5 minute punishment delay for keeping out of the car and out of the way of other cars:-


Couldn't get a double pram through there.  Probably struggle with a wheelchair too.
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #681 on: 03 July, 2021, 02:02:41 pm »
Also in Coventry, on a different bike.
https://www.mtrak.co.uk/show/RAZg393Xn2
A 1.2 mile ride down a 50 mph limit dual carriageway to get to, and escape from, a shop.
Because of the 4 m high steel fence all round the industrial estate.
Luckily I travelled it at rush hour, so it was nose-to-tail cars, and my 10 - 15 mph was faster than the cars.
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #682 on: 03 July, 2021, 05:38:42 pm »
I think I'd rather climb the fence.
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #683 on: 05 July, 2021, 09:27:47 pm »
Another trip to Lidl tonight. Think I may need to upgrade upgrade rear QR as the added weight on it is pulling the wheel out of centre

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #684 on: 09 July, 2021, 09:53:20 am »
Those A-gate barriers are another reason people prefer e-scooters.
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #685 on: 09 July, 2021, 11:21:43 am »
Those A-gate barriers are another reason people prefer e-scooters.

...And recumbents  :demon:

quixoticgeek

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #686 on: 09 July, 2021, 11:23:43 am »


Riding back from the post office with this was a fun challenge. Amount of movement in the steering was limited. But I managed it. Was only 3km in the end anyway.

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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #687 on: 25 July, 2021, 02:51:42 pm »
I usually bring the panniers into the supermarket in order to have something to pack the shopping into.  That said, I do occasionally leave one pannier with nothing in it (well, maybe a couple of bungees and an inner tube) attached to the bike when visiting shops that don't have trolleys, so as not to have my hands full.

My tools and pump[1] live in the pannier, so I don't have to worry about them.  Dynamo lights mean they stay on the bike.  Years ago I realised that the chances of someone nicking a bike computer were vanishingly small compared to the chances of me dropping one while wandering round a shop, so that stays attached too.
On Friday, outside Lidl again, I had a conversation with a bod from Bristol City Council about this! Although he was just in the role of fellow cycle-borne shopper (I've no idea what his job is but he had a BCC badge around his neck). He was of the "take panniers into the shop" persuasion, but said this was because he had "other items" in them. I don't exactly what, but he implied it was something more than just tools (laptop? top secret council documents? key to the mayor's personal toilet?)
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #688 on: 25 July, 2021, 02:53:25 pm »


Riding back from the post office with this was a fun challenge. Amount of movement in the steering was limited. But I managed it. Was only 3km in the end anyway.

J
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #689 on: 13 September, 2021, 11:37:16 am »
Several bits of this could go in other threads but been many a journey with purpose conveyed by bike this weekend

To the brothers yesterday with my niece in our burley bee, she really liked it so may lend it to them but I did previously and didn't get used. Obviously then home less the niece

Then took the kids to school today. They usually walk but I needed to go onwards from drop off. Haven't done the school run solo for ages so couldn't actually remember what time and with cycling we were there ridiculously early bit they didn't mind and played for a bit

Then off to the allotment to water and harvest. Came back with panniers full of various squashes. Having had a bat hit me in the face Thursday while cycling today I came across a dead and rather smelly bat on the cycle path. Being several of miles from the one i chinned I don't think I'm responsible for this ones demise

Only downside to ride was a slow visitation I found once had got home and had a brew. At least the offending staple was easy to spot

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #690 on: 20 November, 2021, 11:00:20 am »
Having hardly ridden for ages we needed some refills from one of the local refill shops and had to pick up some books from the lovely maldon books. Was hard work due to lack of bike time but did take advantage of being on my thorn club tour to use some bridleways and made it up Market Hill without stopping or being overtaken by pedestrians

Local economy supported and some weight in the panniers headed home. Mostly good overtakes and a lorry held back as I signalled early I was going down a small lane and gave me a honk and wave as went past after I turned off

Also managed to drop a car down the hill as was tailgating me, should that be saddlebagging me so got a wriggle on down the hill. Lovely to be out, stupidly mild for late November and appaled at my current fitness level

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #691 on: 29 November, 2021, 03:15:41 pm »
Today’s trip to Mr Sainsbury’s House of Toothy Comestibles made marginally more interesting by the presence of PC Plod's Battenberg-coloured Mercedes Sprinter parked sideways across Larrington Towers Road.  Fortunately they'd gone by the time I came home.
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